Benin - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Benin government set to restructure state-owned telcos

Development within Benin’s telecom market continues to be restricted by the poor condition of the country’s fixed-line infrastructure. The use of fixed-line voice and internet services is low, and consequently little revenue is derived from these sectors. Mobile networks account for almost all internet connections, and also carry most voice traffic. As such, it is this sector which is attracting most investment among operators. There has been some progress resulting from improved international internet connectivity and the rapidly escalating bandwidth available, which has led to lower access pricing for end-users. This additional bandwidth has assisted mobile network operators to expand their networks, and provided the necessary backhaul capacity to support the growing use of mobile data applications and service, including m-commerce and m-banking. Improved telecoms infrastructure has the potential to transform many areas of the country’s economy, bringing a greater proportion of the population into the orbit of internet commerce and connectivity.

The fixed-line monopoly operator be.Telecoms (rebranded from Benin Telecoms in October 2015) has also expanded its fixed-wireless and DSL-based broadband services in recent years, extending its national fibre backbone and international fibre connections. Long-established plans to privatise the company have thus far come to nought, though the government is developing its strategy to sell of the company’s assets, including the mobile services unit Libercom which will be spun off as a new entity with separate assets.

The mobile telephony sector enjoys effective competition between Libercom, South Africa’s MTN, Etisalat’s Moov, Globacom’s Glo Mobile, and Bell Benin. Competition among these players pushed market penetration about 87% by mid-2016.

Although fixed-line internet services have been available in Benin since 1995, access is limited to a small proportion of the population. Fixed-line internet represents only a small fraction of all accesses, with most connections being made via the mobile networks.

Key developments:

Bell Benin has its licence revoked; Libercom cited for poor management practices; government restructures state-owned telcos; Benin Smart City construction starts, Canal+ signed deal with the Beninese Electric Power Company to provide internet services via powerlines; MTN Benin and Glo Mobile fined for poor QoS; Vodafone signs partnership agreement with Globacom; MTN Benin signs five-year Managed Rural Coverage deal with Ericsson; Orange commissions new connection from the ACE submarine cable, connecting Benin with Tenerife; be.Telecoms launches LTE services; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donate funds to a mobile vaccine registry program; report update includes telcos’ operating data to Q2 2017, regulator’s market data to March 2017, recent market developments.

Market penetration rates in Benin’s telecoms sector – 2017 (Mar)

Penetration of telecoms services: Penetration
Fixed-line telephony 0.5%
Internet users 33.1%
Mobile SIM (population) 87.2%

Companies mentioned in this report:

MTN, Moov (Telecel), Libercom, BBCom (Bell Benin), Glo Mobile (Globacom), be.Telecoms (Benin Telecoms, formerly OPT), Kanakoo (BeninNet), Isocel, EIT, FirstNet, Arts Bobo, Sobiex Informatique, Global Trading Agency, Afripa Telecom, Thuraya, Nitel, Suburban Telecom, CEB.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Market analysis
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 West African common regulatory framework 2005
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 be.Telecoms (Benin Telecoms)
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
      • 7.1.1 CDMA2000 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
      • 7.1.2 National fibre backbone
      • 7.1.3 Terrestrial fibre
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
      • 7.2.1 Submarine fibre
      • 7.2.2 Satellite
    • 7.3 Smart infrastructure
  • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
    • 8.1 Introduction and statistical overview
    • 8.2 Broadband statistics
    • 8.3 Public Internet Access Locations
      • 8.3.1 Telecentre projects
    • 8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • 8.4.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 8.4.2 Other fixed broadband services
      • 8.4.3 Benin Internet Service Providers Association (AFAIB)
      • 8.4.4 Benin Internet Society
      • 8.4.5 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • 9. Mobile market
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General Statistics
      • 9.2.2 Mobile data
      • 9.2.3 Mobile broadband
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.3.2 Spectrum auction – 2013
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Digital networks
      • 9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 9.4.3 GPRS
      • 9.4.4 Satellite mobile
    • 9.5 Major mobile operators
      • 9.5.1 MTN (Spacetel-Benin, Areeba)
      • 9.5.2 Moov (Etisalat Moov)
      • 9.5.3 Libercom (Benin Telecoms)
      • 9.5.4 BBCom (Bell Benin)
      • 9.5.5 Glo Mobile Benin (Globacom)
    • 9.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 9.6.1 m-banking
      • 9.6.2 m-health
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Benin – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Fixed-line network statistics – 2017 (Mar)
  • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2017
  • Table 4 – Internet and social media user statistics – 2017 (Mar)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (Mar)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – Telecom market investment by sector – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Fixed-line and mobile revenue – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 9 –Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 11 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Fixed lines in service by type – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Benin’s international internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 14 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 15 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 16 – Internet subscribers by technology – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 17 – DSL subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 19 – WiMAX broadband subscribers – 2013 – 2016
  • Table 20 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 21 – Mobile subscribers (active) and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Prepaid and contract mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 23 –Mobile market investments – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 25 – SMS traffic – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Mobile internet subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Mobile internet subscribers by operator – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 28 – CDMA broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 29 – MTN Benin subscribers and ARPU – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 30 – MTN Benin revenue – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Moov subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 32 – Libercom subscribers – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 33 – BBCom subscribers – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 34 – Glo Mobile subscribers – 2011 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Internet subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 3 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Map of Benin
  • Exhibit 2 – West African common regulatory framework 2005

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